Facility and more than 150 acres in northern Maine
The historic hunting lodge and campus is located in the Somerset County town of Moose River, which is just north of Jackman, in the Moose River Valley.
Built in 1929 as a hunting and fishing getaway for an executive from Port Chester, New York, and then purchased and renamed “Sky Lodge” by two former WWII airmen in the 1940s, the main lodge has been lovingly restored over the past decade to its original state. Other amenities on the more than 150 acres include a conference center, contemporary cabins for rental, a swimming pool, an antique auto museum, a model railroad museum, and hiking trails. Outdoor activities nearby include hiking, golfing, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, whitewater rafting, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more.
The gift comes from the Couri Foundation, established by Elaine and John Couri. “My wife Elaine and I have long had a very special place in our hearts for Maine, for the Moose River Valley, and for Sky Lodge,” said John Couri, president of the Couri Foundation. “This gift to Unity College continues the tradition on which the Couri Foundation was founded, giving students of all ages an opportunity to explore and learn from all the beautiful resources this state has to offer while providing economic development opportunities for the region.”
Unity College’s graduate students will have opportunities to attend professional seminars aligned with their programs in environmental GIS, sustainable enterprise, conservation law enforcement, and other sustainability science fields of study. Students from all 17 of Unity College’s undergraduate majors will use Sky Lodge for experiential education such as retreats and workshops, research, and even getting hands-on training in running a business, all while they are still in college.
Unity College plans to continue successful programs and add more to the Sky Lodge calendar. The lodge and campus will continue to be available for retreats, weddings, conferences, and workshops from outside organizations. Lodging and hospitality services will continue, as will the Moose River Valley Senior Center.